New Datsun Go+ compact MPV unveiled
Datsun has unveiled its second model, a seven-seat MPV called the Datsun Go+ at the Indonesian motor show.
It has chosen to unveil the Go+ compact MPV in Indonesia since it is one of the largest MPV markets in the region. In fact, MPVs like the Innova and the Tavera have been tailor-made for the Indonesian market in the past. Maruti exports the Ertiga there and Honda will launch its Brio-based MPV in that market too.
Although longer in overall length in comparison to the hatchback, the Datsun Go+ is built on the same 2450mm wheelbase. This helps Datsun save a ton of money and helps it lower the price of the MPV. In comparison MPVs like Maruti’s Ertiga have a longer wheelbase and all-new longer rear doors and this makes them more expensive to produce. The Go+, on the other hand, is identical to the Go hatchback all the way to the rear wheel. Extra space for the third row has been provided by extending the overall length of the car to 3995mm; no doubt keeping in mind India’s sub-four-metre, compact car category, where manufacturers making under four-metre-long cars attract a lower excise. The longer overhang is where the third row of passengers sit.